Having fun with do-it-yourself crafts
INSTEAD of throwing away that cardboard centre from your toilet or kitchen roll, save them up and put them to use!
DIy Christmas cracker
What you need:
Small gifts, paper hats, home made mottos, toilet rolls, bright-coloured crepe paper, paper ribbon, and glue.
1) Cut the crepe paper until it will cover the toilet roll and stick three inches (7.6cm) over each side.
2) Glue in place, leaving the ends open.
4) Put toy, paper hat and motto inside a twist of crepe paper.
5) Tie paper ribbon around the gift parcel, and leave one end dangling on one side of the cracker. Secure with a dab of glue.
6) Tie ends by twisting the paper and securing with paper ribbon. Make sure the ribbon connected to the parcel is concealed.
Now when two people each pull their end of the cracker, the gift should “explode” to one side.
What it is:
A kazoo is a simple musical instrument that can make an astonishing number of sounds.
What you need:
Cardboard rolls of all sizes, various rubber bands, scissors.
Paint, coloured paper, stickers, fabric scraps to decorate tubes.
1) To make your kazoo, simply tie a rubber band over the cardboard tube so that the ends are over the centre of the open hole. Then blow or hum over it to make sounds.
2) You can vary the tone by cutting different lengths of tube, and using different thickness of rubber bands. 3) Explain to the kids how it works by making a simple one, then set them to making enough instruments for an orchestra.
The Guinness World Record for the Largest Kazoo Ensemble was set on March 14, 2011 when 3,910 kazooists at the BBC Radio 3’s Red Nose Show at the Royal Albert Hall, England played Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and the Dambusters March.